Collecting, Curators and Connoisseurship

Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity

College of Arts and Law


Code 24198

Level of study Second Year

Credit value 20

Semester Full Term

Module description

This module looks at the history of collecting and curation from the museums of antiquity (the Library of Alexandria and other Greek and Roman collections), to the “curiosities” of the Renaissance and the establishment of public museums in the 17th century. It also discusses museums of the 21st century, and examines problems and issues in museology, such as designing exhibition displays, conservation policies and techniques, and interpretation. It will draw upon the rich collections of the University, including the Research and Cultural Collections, Special Collections, the Barber Institute and Winterbourne. Students will be able to do practical work with the University collections, principally the University’s Research and Cultural Collections